#Wiki4Her Profile – Fadzayi Chiwandire

Company

OnePointFour Consulting

Website

https://www.onepointfour.io/

Position

Lead Front-end Developer

Sector/Industry

Web development

What things/people/roles have contributed most to your success?

Prof. Saki Mafundikwa, Erica Van Niekerk, Sheryl Sandberg

If you knew all that you now know, what would you tell your 18 year old self?

To start coding now

When things get tough, how do you keep yourself going?

I have already started i cant put all thay effort to waste

What leadership qualities do you most admire?

Resilience and persistence

Victimhood, does that stance serve women’s causes? Women are still exploited, so what would you tell them?

LEARN a skill, master it and know your worth, when you have a solid skill to fall back and you know your worth they can not help but value and respect you.

Do you mentor any girls as part of your personal and/or corporate responsibility?

I started the diva initiative where i teach young girls, grades 6,7 and 8 how to code www.divainitiative.com

What are some of the leadership challenges/obstacles that are unique to women?

Being under estimated, being objectified. I remember in one meeting one of the guys made it his mission to explain everything that was being said to me in laymen terms.

Why did you choose your career?

I love to solve problem. Naturally i break one huge problem into smaller pieces and tackle one piece at a time…. thats pretty much is the base of a coders attitude

Are the lives of famous women leaders a lot easier than those of the average women today?

I am not sure about this as i have only been avaerage and not yet famous. But i would like to think the struggle is the same. We face some level of struggle in different areas

Gender quotas on boards are a contentious issue, what do you think about it?

Gender balance is important especially when it comes to decision making. Women need to be represented adequately where decisions that affect women are concerned

Any additional message to inspire young girls to succeed?

Be brave, be resilient and use your voice. When we support the growth and empowerment of women and girls, we raise the quality of life for everyone. This is because when women lead they not only lead businesses, they lead in their community, they fight for their children, and they give voice to issues that are important to our collective future β€” like education and health care.

 

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